Autism Acceptance

Many of the general public are now aware of autism through the Media, TV, charity events. However there is still a long way to go until children, young people and adults with autism/who are autistic are accepted, understood and included by society. Sadly pressure is often put on people with autism to try harder to fit in- to be more social, to have more friends, to ‘behave’ like everyone else even when their senses are bombarded by too much stimuli.

For this year’s Autism Awareness month I’ve teamed up with a group of special educators to promote Autism Acceptance as well as Awareness. From April 1st to April 8th you can CLICK HERE for lots of FREE educational Autism Resources. Here’s my latest FREE Autism Resource–  “How Autism Affects Me” pages for older students. Autism Acceptance Freebie

Teaching Shopping Skills to kids with Autism

Teaching shopping skills to kids with autism can be difficult as there are so many small steps & skills to consider, and each child’s sensory needs need to be met. That’s why I have created a Teaching Shopping Skills Animation Video for teachers & parents. Shopping Skills Video

This video is available from my Autism Educators and TpT stores. A  is free poster on teaching shopping skills is also included when you purchase the video.

Clip Cards for students with autism

I love creating clip cards for students. They’re a great way to engage students of all abilities. For kids who have difficulty writing, clip cards enables them to show their knowledge with out the stress of having to write.

For students who need to fidget, clip cards keep their hands busy and provide their hands with sensory feedback, while they’re focusing answering. Providing a variety of different types and sizes of clips will help your students practice their fine motor skills too.

Clip cards don’t need to just be for Speech & Language activities. I love to use them for Math, Science, Life Skill & Geography tasks too.

Check out some of my clip cards from my TpT & Autism Educator stores.

Adjective Clip Cards
Adjective Clip Cards
How Are They Different? Clip Cards
How Are They Different? Clip Cards

Autism Mini-Apps

This week my BoomCards mini-apps for kids with autism have been featured on  Boom Learning’s Blog

My BoomCards are great for kids who struggle to write, or who just aren’t motivated by written activities. Each of my mini-apps has been designed with a clear background and layout so as not to distract or overload learners with too much visual information.

To visit my Boom Learning store CLICK HERE

 

New Resources for Back to School

This summer, I’ve been busy creating lots of new educational autism resources for my stores.

If you’re looking for speech & language, reading, math, or science resources for the new school year, please check out the wide range of activities in my stores Teachers Pay Teachers, Autism Educators & TES.

Here’s a small selection of my new resources

Same & Different set
Same & Different set
Electricity Interactive Adapted Book
Electricity Interactive Adapted Book
Which One Doesn't Belong?
Which One Doesn’t Belong?

 

Sensory Overload

Many people with autism can be overloaded by too much input. Overload may be triggered by lights, colours, moving objects, loud noises, everyday sounds, touch, textures.

Here in the UK, the NAS have recently launched a video called Too Much Information to simulate what it feels like to be overloaded in public places. View it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr4_dOorquQ

In school there are many triggers of sensory overload which can make it extremely difficult for students with autism to focus on tasks.

It can be difficult for teachers to know what are the triggers of their student’s overload, therefore I am creating some simple products to help. Available here https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autism-Auditory-Preferences-Sensory-Visual-Support-2575352

http://autismeducators.com/browse-worktasks/occupational-therapy/auditory-preferences-sensory-visual-support

auditory visual support

Summer Reading Top Ten for Teachers

Here’s my Top 10 list of recommended reading for teachers of kids with autism:

  • “The Autistic Brain”, Temple Grandin- in this Temple Grandin details the latest research into how the minds of people with autism. She explains why not eveyone with autism is a visual thinker.
  • “The Autism Checklist”, Paula Kluth– this book gives a great summary of the adaptations teachers need to make to include kids with autism in their class
  • “10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew”, Ellen Nottbohm -written by an autism-mom, this book is a must read for all teachers.
  • “Carly’s Voice”, Arthur & Carly Fleischman -Carly is a young woman with autism who is unable to speak, but communicates by typing. This book, mainly written by her father, is her true story.
  • “The Way I See It”, Temple Grandin -In this book Temple Grandin shares her opinion on many topics realting to autism.
  • “The Out of Sync Child”,Carol Stock Kranowitz– Many kids with autism also have sensory processing difficulties/disorder. This book provides lots of information and advice about SPD
  • “Intensive Interaction and Sensory Integration”, Phoebe Caldwell -Pheobe Caldwell has been working with people with autsim for over 30 years, most of whom are nonverbal. In this book she explains how it is possible to commnicate with nonverbal people with severe autism.
  • “Anxiety To Meltdown”, Deborah Lipsky -This book discusses the triggers for meltdowns, and explains the differences between meltdown & tantrums.
  • “Autism Movement Therapy”, Joanna Lara -Music & Movement Therapy is not only fun, but it can help kids with autism develop new skills. This is an inspiring and encouraging book.
  • “Running With Walker”, Robert Hughes -A true story of a boy with autism and how his family find therapies which help him learn.

Promoting Positive Behavior

Token systems and visual prompts are a great way of promoting positive behaviors in you classroom. One behavior which is vital for all kids to learn is to be gentle towards others.

Kids with autism may have sensory issues which cause them to seek deep pressure, so they may be rough to classmates and staff. That’s why it is so important to teach them to have Gentle Hands.

You can purchase my Gentle Hands Pack here for only $5.00

Positive Behavior Pack "Gentle Hands", Visual Prompts, Re

 

This pack contains visual prompts for students’ desks, badges for your students, reward charts and tokens, a poster and a simple song to remind them to have Gentle Hands.